House Owner Review & Rating
House Owner Review: Poignant And Beautiful LOVE Story
Lakshmy Ramakrishnan's film House Owner is touted to be a feel-good film, House Owner has faced all the obstacles that an average small budget Tamil has to face before hitting the screens. But the film's makers have been confident about the success of House Owner and even premiered it for the press and media where it received a thunderous response. Now, does the movie have strong content which can impress the general audience, given the fact that it does not have a star cast or familiar crew. Let's jump into our review of House Owner to find out.
Set in a house in Chennai, the film revolves mostly about a married couple Vasu (Kishore) and Radha (Sri Ranjani). Vasu suffers from Alzheimer's and often forgets who Radha is and surprisingly he doesn't remember his own self in the late 50s look. All he remembers is his young days and his early days of marriage. With such medical condition, it will be tough for caregivers and add to that Radha leaves her entire family for this man who doesn't even recognize her now. The film's writer and director, Lakshmy Ramakrishnan tries to explore the beauty of a relationship in such a complex situation. She sets up the film in 2015 Chennai floods and uses them to her advantage to create a maximum impact.
Lakshmy's writing is very poignant and simple. She chooses intercut technique of screenplay where she jumps back and forth from the flashback scenes. But the beauty lies in the way she does that. Scenes connecting the flashback scenes to the present have a connect that act as a bridge between the past and present. Lakshmy has very carefully written both the characters and they take the entire screen time.
As Lakshmy narrates the story from their adolescent years to old age, we can see how drastically they have changed but their love remains constant. Radha who was once scared to move out from their ancestral house and cries in a room now has to lead him in a crucial situation. Kishore who was once a fearless Army officer is now scared even when lights are off. Lakshmy Ramakrishnan, in a very impactful manner, shows how time can change human beings but love can hold the relationships together.
While Lakshmy has written a beautiful story, it is the brilliant performances of Kishore and Radha that hold the film together. Kishore who has played many versatile roles is perfect in his role of an angry old man who is in love with his house. He had to display various emotions based on the situations and he does it perfectly. On the other Sri Ranjani who has been in the industry for many years now delivers a flawless performance as a kind-hearted Radha. The way both Kishore and Radha portrayed the beautiful relationship between Vasu and Radha is so soothing and blissful.
Kishore (Of Pasanga fame) and Lovelyn Chandrasekhar (debutant) play the young Vasu and Radha. Being less experienced actors, they have delivered noteworthy performances. They set the tope for a beautiful relationship with their natural performances. While there are no other major characters physically present, Lakshmy manages to create an impact. She is aided by the brilliant music of Ghibran whose songs and background score manage to take the film a notch higher. Cinematography by Krishna Sekhar is apt and captures the mood of the film very well.
Films like House Owner don't come every Friday. Calling this film as a gutsy attempt by Lakshmy would be an understatement. She presents a beautiful LOVE story which is a must watch if you are a movie buff.
- Story and Screenplay
- Slow narration in the first half
Pycker Rating: 3.5 out of 5
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